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Women in Intelligence: Sapp Selected to Steer Satellite Spy Organization

NROThe list of women in high-powered positions in the Intelligence Community continues to grow with the appointment of Ms. Betty Sapp  to head the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Sapp joins the ranks of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director, Letitia Long, and other top echelon women at the NSA, DIA, and CIA according to a CNN “Politics” feature.

Sapp started her government career as an Air Force officer and held a variety of assigned positions in the NRO after joining the CIA in 1997, with her latest high level appointment being as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for “Portfolio, Programs, and Resources,” Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.

Another agency that flies under the proverbial radar, the National Reconnaissance Office provides holistic reconnaissance support to the Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DoD). The official NRO website proclaims that, “when the United States needs eyes and ears in critical places where no human can reach – be it over the most rugged terrain or through the most hostile territory – it turns to the National Reconnaissance Office…the agency in charge of designing, building, launching, and maintaining America’s intelligence satellites.”

We encourage you to learn more about the NRO and its new chief, Ms. Betty Sapp.

***NOTICE: The information included in this post is from open-source media outlets and documents. It is intended for informational purposes and to encourage individuals to learn more about exciting employment opportunities within the U.S. Government.*

News and Happenings: University of Delaware – Spies, Lies & Sneaky Guys

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The University of Delaware has published a series of free video lectures online entitled “Spies, Lies & Sneaky Guys: Espionage and Intelligence in the Digital Age.”

The lecture compilation “explores new challenges and opportunities in the field of international intelligence” from the front-lines, by former directors and chiefs, and by renowned espionage and intelligence observers.

Among the lectures:

Robert Grenier, a veteran of nearly 30 years in the CIA and former head of the Agency’s Counterterrorism Center, discussed “HUMan INTelligence in the Digital Age.”

Rounding out the series, on May 2, Matthew Aid, a leading intelligence historian and expert on the National Security Agency, will be giving a talk on “The Future of Intelligence and Espionage.”

The lecture series is a perfect venue for aspiring intelligence or government professionals to hear first-hand account of the current and future challenges facing the Intelligence Community at large.

To view the compiled series, please visit the “Spies, Lies & Sneaky Guys” PROGRAM schedule.

NSA: No Such Agency

NSA_LogoWhat you see here, what you do here, what you hear here, when you leave here, let it stay here.”[i]

An old adage of little town Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where the Manhattan Project laid its roots, this time, pays homage to a project by a different government agency. In this town, outside of Knoxville and the University of Tennessee, the supercomputer of all supercomputers is being born.

Nearly a decade in the works, this supercomputer is only part of the greater puzzle that the National Security Agency, formerly known in national security circles as “No Such Agency” or the “National Softball Association” when the full title was classified, is putting together to uncover maleficent foreign actors.

The other piece, what’s known as the “Utah Data Center,” has been under construction for 2 months, and is set to be finished in the fall of 2013.[ii]

NSA_Pic_1This estimated 2 billion dollar facility, for the member of the Intelligence Community with the largest budget, will be the information center to its processing counterpart in Tennessee.

Quietly and ironically becoming known as the most covert and robust spy agency in the United States, NSA has been at the forefront of information technology and cryptoanalysis since after Pearl Harbor, reinvented in the wake of 9/11.[iii]

NSA_Pic_2Regardless of the mystique and controversy surrounding NSA, it stands as the first line of defense in an increasingly disconcerting cyber evolution in the US and abroad.

With that, the Lint Center encourages you to learn more about the NSA: its history, role in national security, and awe-inspiring projects. Additionally, in the context of our NSA profile, we remind you that the free online Stanford Cryptography Course is now open for enrollment.

The Lint Center Team

***NOTICE: The information included in this post is from open-source media outlets and documents. It is intended for informational purposes and to encourage individuals to learn more about exciting employment opportunities within the U.S. Government.***


References:

  1. Bamford, James. The NSA is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center. Retrieved on 16 March 2012 from Wired. http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/.
  2. NSA website. Welcome to the National Security Agency – NSA/CSS.
  3. Photos Retrieved on 16 March 2012 from Public Intelligence. Public Intelligence.

End Notes:

[i] Bamford, James. The NSA is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center. Retrieved on 16 March 2012 from Wired, http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/

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Lint Center Affiliates: Important Events Happening Now!

Mentors and Mentees, we know that you are always looking to make yourselves better, more valued members of the National Security community. We’ve compiled a list of upcoming events to do so.

Please let us know if you decide to participate in any of the following and are chosen for a scholarship, publishing opportunity, or Internship/Fellowship so that we can announce your success on the Lint Center blog!

Employment:

Post Doc and Fellowships:

Call for Papers & Presentations:

Scholarships:

 

Good luck!

Lint Center team